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#29124 - 06/24/05 07:45 PM Re: Ubukholwa Lo Bufundisi le Politiki
Mtshede Offline

Registered: 08/02/02
Posts: 632
Loc: London
Bakwethu anyone who saw the indomitable Archbishop Pius Ncube on Channel 4 news this evening will know that God has His prophet in the land of Cain and now more than ever we need that prophet to speak.

</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Bishop compares Mugabe to Pol Pot

Published: 24 Jun 2005
By: Jon Snow

Archbiship Pius Ncube of Bulawayo has long established himself as a man ready to speak out against President Mugabe and in an exclusive interview with Channel 4 News he issues his strongest warning yet.

As President Mugabe's bulldozers demolish peoples lives, Africa and Europe are at loggerheads as to how to prevent a predicted humanitarian crisis.

Mugabe's crackdown on the shanty towns has made many children homeless. Disease is threatening to kill many more.

A country already in the depths of struggle is lurching further into the gloom and so are the prospects of outside intervention

But as Zimbabwe continues to burn the response from African leaders has been either one of silence or in South Africa's case rejection to the clarion call

In a statement the government said: "South Africa refuses to accept the notion that because suddenly we're going to a G8 summit, we must be reminded that we must look good and appease the G8 leaders. We will do things because we believe they are correct and right."

The United Nations has dispatched an envoy to look at the humanitarian situation following estimates that as many as 300,000 people have been made homeless in Robert Mugabe's Operation Drive Out Trash.

Once again the world appears impotent in the face of what some describe as crimes against humanity but what Zimbabwes President justifies as crime prevention

Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube who is on a visit to the Vatican told Channel 4 News in an excl;usive interview: "I saw that these men sent by Mugabe were stealing property, clothing, footwear, cosmetics which they obtained from south Africa, and they stole all this and went to auction this.

"I saw them even steal decoders for TVs and radios, turn over vendor stalls and often destroy them. I saw all this with my own eyes."

When asked who the targets were he answered: "The targets are by and large urban dwellers, it seems there is peasantrification drive here, they are taking revenge for voting for the MDC [opposition party] who won the elections in the towns.

"These people are being forced to go to the country but there is a drought in the country, Zimbabwe only produced a quarter of the food it produced five years ago."

So people are trying to find jobs in a place where there is 80 per cent unemployment and 500 per cent inflation.

He went on to say his comparison of Mugabe to Pol Pot was justified.

"It's not extreme, here is a man pushing people out without any warning. There is something like 1.5 million people without shelter, as churches we have to get together to give emergency aid, food and blankets.

"We are sheltering them in church halls, they have no clothes or food, this is extremely cruel.

"And much like under Pol Pot this will lead to many people starving to death because Mugabe didn't call for aid. These people are forced to go the country where there is no food."

On South Africas reluctance to get involved, he said: "Prime Minister Mbeki has lost all reputation in Zimbabwe for supporting a dictator that is killing his own people."

Finally in an impassioned plea to the international community, he said: "We saw what happened in Rwanda, the UN stood around, the African countries did nothing and a million people perished. It's like we want another Rwanda to take place because of a madman who is just after power. Why can't we help this situation?" </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">

#29125 - 06/24/05 08:06 PM Re: Ubukholwa Lo Bufundisi le Politiki
Maqhamehlezi Offline

Registered: 08/05/03
Posts: 362
Loc: Emzini wezi-Nkonjane
I saw Ch 4 news Mtshede,it was an emotional and powerful attack to the Mgabe regime,African leaders silence especially SA. uBab'umfundisi said "I am so very angry about whats happening and is willing to stand in front of the GUN and be shot".Thats how the man of God is prepared to take it.

#29126 - 06/25/05 09:59 AM Re: Ubukholwa Lo Bufundisi le Politiki
Mtshede Offline

Registered: 08/02/02
Posts: 632
Loc: London
M we had the opportunity to contrast the bravery of Ncube with the likes of the charge d'affaires:

</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Godfrey Magwenzi, the charge d'affairs and deputy head of the Zimbabwean Consulate in London, told Channel 4 News that nobody in Zimbabwe took Archbishop Ncube seriously.

"The sewage and filth that spills out of that man's mouth should shame and embarrass all men of the cloth," he said. </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">

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